David Pyrtle

September 28, 1935 ~ May 23, 2018 (age 82)


David Leland Pyrtle, 82, of Chula, MO passed away Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at his home in Chula.

David was born September 28, 1935 in Chillicothe, MO, the son of Leland James Pyrtle and Bertha Ellen Dawkins Pyrtle. He was a graduate of Chillicothe High School in 1953.

He married Shirley Mae Foster on July 11, 1954 in the Liberty Chapel Christian Church in Trenton, MO.

After graduation, David worked as a buttermaker at Producers Creamery in Chillicothe. His family moved to Chula and he started farming with his father-in-law, who taught him farming basics. After retiring from farming, he was employed at the Baptist Home for 11 years. After retirement he enjoyed just being on the farm. He was a long time member of Liberty Chapel Christian Church, where he was a Superintendent, teacher and elder. After Liberty Chapel closed, he became a member of the Laredo Christian Church.

 He was a very talented wood carver with a chain saw and enjoyed sharing his work with many people. David was family oriented and enjoyed all kinds of activities with them, sometimes even being a jokester.

David is survived by his wife, Shirley of the home; children, Mike Pyrtle (Jena) of St. Joseph, Connie Grell (Randy) of Chillicothe, Rebecca Keith (Ron) of Chillicothe, Jan Pyrtle (Stacy) of Osage Beach; grandchildren, Rachel Pyrtle, Jessica (Tyler) Stewart, Cody (Katie) Denton, Penny (Ryan) Powell, Zach (Amanda) Keith, Clint (Hollie) Keith, Sophie (Kyle) Chambers, Lily (Justin) Pyrtle, and Phoebe Pyrtle; 18 great grandchildren and a new one on the way soon.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Patricia Breeden and Bernita Mammon.

Memorials in honor of David Pyrtle may be made to Shiloh Christian Children’s Ranch or TEAM, (The Evangelical Alliance Mission ) - a worldwide ministry, or PCM (Preaching Christ to the Multitudes) - an Eddie Bazine ministry in Haiti. Memorials may be  left at or mailed to Heritage Funeral Home, 3141 N. Washington, Chillicothe MO 64601. On line condolences may be left at